Constant Battle

I don't think folks who don't have to worry about their weight realise what a battle it truly is to stay on top of everything. When you start it's a complete change and you have to fight those cravings for the first week or two. That's not easy but once you come through that it gets easier. The next thing I guess is those hungry days. They come without warning and no matter what you do, you're still hungry. These are designed to test your resolve but you can make healthier choices such as fruit, veg and extra fibre. One of my problems as a food addict is that I find it difficult to recognise when I'm full. I saw a programme on tv last Wednesday about baby rhinos. They were getting fed huge big bottles of milk but once the bottle was finished they were crying uncontrollably for 30 minutes because the milk took so long to reach their stomachs and they didn't realise that they were full. I think I may have been a Rhino in a previous life. That would explain it. Tough skin but a gentle giant at heart.

The strangest thing for me is the feeling of fat days and thin days. For instance at the moment I've almost lost 3 stone but some days my clothes feel really loose and other days they feel tight. Some days I have energy and other days I'm a bit lethargic. Again another wee test just to see how serious I am. For me it's just a case of head down and battling on. I'm fortunate that I've done this before so I know that it takes a while for me to notice any visible difference even although reducing clothes sizes mean that things are happening in the smaller trousers department . Last time I think it took me to lose 8 stone before I saw any physical difference. Of course colleagues notice and compliment you which is always nice but it's better to see and feel changes yourself.

So ultimately it's a case of staying strong and having belief that in time you will reach your goal. You don't get anything for free. Your body has been used to being this size and it's not wanting to give up this look easily. Keep going, don't lose heart, keep fighting. The battle will be worth it. Never give up. Have a good week folks.



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  • Love your post - i agree with everything you've said. This is the first time I have ever felt that I can do this, and am in for the long haul; slowly and surely. I want to lose 4 stone, lost 2 successfully but quickly at SW 4 years ago and have put that and another back on.

    Well done on your 3 stone loss so far 😊

  • Great attitude. This time you're going to do it.

  • Hi Kenny,

    You are 100% right that losing weight is a constant battle.

    How difficult it can be sometimes to stop your self by eating your favourite things in less portion size.

    But the feeling become strong after seeing that results are in your favour, that you can do it.

    Well done for losing 3 stones!!

    How many weeks have gone?

    I am on week 3 now lost 1 kg in 2 week time.

    Best wishes for your journey.

  • Thank you. I'm on week 12. Well done on your kg lost. That's a significant amount.

  • Thanks Kenny.

    Are you aiming for reboot challenge then? Good for u.

  • Absolutely. I'm not planning on going anywhere. I have considered doing the 16:8 plan but only if my weight loss stalls for a few weeks. The 16:8 involves eating all of your daily calories within an 8 hour window and fasting for the other 16. I get up for work at 4.15am and either do a 4 mile walk or go to the gym before I start. I then eat breakfast at 7, lunch at 1 and dinner at 6 so I would need to put breakfast back until 8 but I will see how things go.

  • It will be beneficial definitely but keep a look on calories don't leave , at least on portion size should have strong control.

    I am aiming for fasting two days a week ,did on yesterday it went good.I am inspired by my prophet Muhammad (pbuh)who fasted on Monday and Thursdays. Getting Good deads as well as weight loss.

    Best of luck for your intermitent fasting.

  • I totally get this Kenny x x I think alot of the battle is to do with our own demonds. Don't go for a nice meal and think "I've blown it!" And eat solid for the next 3 weeks. We make decisions every few hours (or more) about what we give our bodies in the way of food. I think that if we look forward instead of always back we will become who we want to be much easier and without as much anguish x x x keep on going guys x x x

  • Nice and positive. Love it.

  • This is a fantastic post Kenny and I found myself smiling and nodding at all the salient points :)

    I think the reason that this community forum is so successful, is that we understand completely where everyone's coming from, because we've each of us been there ourselves.

    I think we've probably all got a dose of body dysmorphia too! I don't see the good changes in my body shape, but can really feel them. This means I feel like a million dollars and get a horrible shock when I see a photo of me, or catch sight of myself in a shop window, because then I see a fat, old wifie and that doesn't match the feeling of young gazelle, that I have! :D

    If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I hope my beholders see a Kate Winslet look-a-like, not a baby rhino! :)

    Keep up the great work! :)

  • Thank you.

  • Sorry Moorless but after your 14k run on Sunday you are certainly becoming that gazelle, quick and fast.

    Could you tell me how I sign up for the reboot as I have tried to register and it says it does not recognise my password so went to change it and I never received an email to do this. I am rubbish with computers probably doing something completely wrong😱

    Thanks Bev

  • Do you mean sign up for the 12 week plan email support, Bev?

    You only need to enter your name and email address and you should then receive them weekly. I do know though, that Marianne never received any of hers, but if you read Lowcal's reflections, she outlines what the emails say.

    It's then just a case of printing off the sheets and away you go. Making sure to post your reflections in the correct week :)

    I hope this helps :)

    PS If only I was gazelle like, rather than pantomime horse! :D

  • I received each week of the 12 week plan so do I just look back and copy week one again start over? I thought you had to register to do the re-boot πŸ˜€

  • That's right Bev, this isn't an official re-boot run by the NHS, this is an idea that suzybenj had and that Lowcal picked up and expanded. It was designed for those of us that had been on our journeys a long time and had allowed complacency and bad habits to creep back it. A kick up the backside, so to speak :)

    I hope it has the desired effect on you ;)

  • Ok thanks for sorting that one out for me. Week 1 again as I still need to loose more😰😰😰😰

  • No probs Bev, those pounds will soon be history! :)

  • Highly recommend it Bev, especially useful to read other people's reflections on the week you are doing 😊 Good luck!!

  • Thanks Anna 61 I have just carried on last Thirsday so will have to print week 1 off again for the record sheet. I will take a look on others week 1 reflections. Hope you are doing well πŸ˜„

  • I'm ok thanks, hospital tomorrow 😜

  • Good luck for tomorrow are you having your op then?

  • Op on Thursday 😊 Hoping to lose at least two stone . . . Rofl πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Well hope all goes ok for youπŸ‘ I had a fibroid removed when I had my hysterectomy many years ago and was fine after just very tired easily for at least 5 weeks, so just take all the help you get and take it easyπŸ‘ I am sure you will be bored stiff so we will probably hear a lot from you gossiping on the forum. Best Wishes and good luck πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ Bev

  • Thank you Bev 😊 I will no doubt be on here gossiping very soon!!! 😊

  • Hi Kenny25, you are certainly right - life throws all sorts of challenges to trip up our weight loss. You have done amazing so far, well done! I have also got a lot of weight to lose, and it is encouraging that this 12 week plan is working so well for people on this forum. I will have to do a lot of "12 week" plans before I get to my target - which is sooooo far away, I don't even know what it is yet. I have set my first goal to lose 10%. Keep up the good work, Good Luck for your journey. xx

  • You have exactly the right attitude. I have at least 16 stone to lose but I can't possibly look at that as a goal right now. My first goal was to get under 30 stone, them to go under 400 pounds and now its just to get into the next stone. Small steps seem more achievable and keep you motivated. Thanks for your positive comments and good luck to you too.

  • A lovely post Kenny I have a very big Labrador who never knows when his stomach is full and would literally eat himself to death given the chance he too is my soft, big, gentle giant and I wouldn't change him for the world. πŸ’–

    Well done on your 3st loss, I think we started our journey about the same time 19th may and so far I have lost 1st 11lb I feel so much better but having a lot to loose I still have to see that person who tells me " Gosh you have lost weight". even though I have moved a size down. I think I will give them a big hug whoever tells me first. I think it will have to be someone who hasn't seen me for a while.

    Nothing worth having is never easy to get so we will work hard to get there.

    Here's to your next 3st πŸ‘

  • Fab post Kenny25 i agree totally with you, no addiction can be compared to food as there can be no 'cold turkey' πŸ˜• I am also a 'rhino' and have to be very strict with portion size, 😊 It's inspiring posts like this that keep me going 😊 Thank you and very well done! Onwards and downwards

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